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The Dallas Stars nominated Mike for the NHL Foundation Player Award during the 2000-2001 season for all his community service activies. 

What is the NHL Foundation Player Award? This award recognizes community service and is accompanied by a grant of $25,000 presented to a worthy cause which the winner supports. The Foundation Player Award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey to enrich the lives of people in his community: commitment, perseverance and teamwork. In 2001, Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals was acknowledged for his charity work. Other recipients include: Adam Graves (2000), Rob Ray (1999) and Kelly Chase (1998).